• Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Brisbanes Convict Museum.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The Museum is housed within Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building, The Commissariat Store.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Guided tours of the museum are available from our volunteer staff.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Group tours available for school groups and adult social groups. Contact the museum for more details.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    The museum has a number of permanent exhibitions relating to Convict and Colonial Queensland and rotating displays that feature aspects of Queenslands contemporary history.
  • Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Welcome to the Commissariat Store Museum

    Open 10am – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.

The Commissariat Store Museum

The Commissariat Store is a niche museum that specialises in showcasing Queensland History. The museum is an initiative of The Royal Historical Society of Queensland and staffed by volunteers from the Society.

The most significant exhibit is the building itself. The Commissariat Store is Queenslands oldest habitable, and most significant heritage building. The lower two floors of this magnificent building were convict built during 1828 and 1829. The third floor, now the main entrance from William Street was added in 1913.

Upon entering the museum you’ll be greeted by our friendly guides. The top floor contains the first of our rotating exhibitions that feature various aspects of Queensland’s varied and colorful history. The exhibition cabinets continue on the middle floor and feature rotating exhibitions and more permanent exhibitions that explore the colonial period in Queenslands history. On this floor you’ll find the infamous ‘Convict Finger’.

The ground floor features several handcrafted, detailed models of buildings from the early Colony of Brisbane. These models are arranged in a street layout. On this floor you’ll also find the latest addition to the Museum, the Moreton Bay Panorama and Tom Petrie interactive displays. You may notice the numbered panels on the ground floor. These panels are numbered from a previous archaeological dig and some of the items from this dig are on display on the middle floor.

Staff permitting, all visitors to the museum are offered a complimentary guided tour. Our guides are knowledgeable in the features of the building, colonial history and the exhibitions on display and are happy to answer your questions!

The Commissariat Store Museum welcomes the opportunity to conduct group tours of the museum. We are able to cater for educational groups of all year levels, community groups and adult social groups. Continue scrolling down for more detail on group tours and educational resources.

Find Us

 

Opening Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday
10:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

Admission

Adults – $7
Concession / Tertiary Students – $5
School Pupils – $3
Family (2a / 2c) – $14
Tour Groups (15 + guest) – $5

Audio Tour

Before visiting be sure to download our audio tour via the izi.TRAVEL app onto your compatible iOS, Android or Windows Phone device.

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Current Exhibitions

Group Tours & Teacher Materials

Our volunteer guides conduct tours for all year levels, adult social groups and other educational institutions. Tours can be arranged Tuesday to Friday. Our professionally trained tour guides, all with current blue cards, can immerse your group in Queensland’s convict history in Convict Built Commissariat Store building.

For schools, the Commissariat store is located in the Brisbane CBD within walking distance of other popular locations – Parliament House, the Science Centre, Queensland Museum, South Bank Parklands and the Botanic Gardens. Our team is able to work with you to design a program that maximises your students learning experience in line with your curriculum. 

Themes that can be covered include Compulsory Australian Curriculum (including Moreton Bay Penal settlement and Secondary Offenders), Crime and Punishment, Creating a Nation and Federation, Archaeology, Architecture, Geology, Immigration, Continuity and Change, Significant Individuals, Investigating European exploration and movement of people, Colonial Brisbane and Convict Brisbane.

Please contact our Museum Manager Helen Brackin to discuss any requirements for your group tour and to arrange a booking. Due to the size of the building, for safety reasons and to ensure the comfort of our guests we are able to accommodate one tour at a time. With this in mind please attempt to plan your visit and book group tours a month in advance to avoid the disappointment of your preferred date and time being unavailable!

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Those of you who have been trying to locate a copy with no success will be very happy to hear that a reprint of the wildly popular Lost Brisbane and surrounding areas 1860-1960 has been scheduled for July 2017.

In the meantime, Lost Brisbane 2 and surrounding areas: the later years, is selling out fast. You can still purchase your own copy from the Commissariat Store and the QBD bookshops for $35.

The Commissariat Store has a variety of new and second hand books for sale. Come in and browse when you visit the Musem next!
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Lynda SmootheyEliza Smoothey, something we can do with Nan one day.1 week ago   ·  2
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In true historical-style, we are enjoying Christmas carols on Jeff's gramophone. My favourite so far is 'I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas'!

We will be closed for the Christmas break from Midday today until Tuesday 10 January 2016.

To confirm - we are remaining open throughout the Queens Wharf Development period, and look forward to welcoming new and returning visitors here in the new year.

The RHSQ wishes you all a very merry and safe Christmas!
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